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WordCrasher makes a liar out of me!

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I know I said I don’t like games, but I guess I was lying! I love these new word games on the iPhone; and WordCrasher is my newest favorite word game. It’s similar to Boggle, but more challenging.

I especially love the graphics and music: the colors are fluorescent and lively; the background music is exciting and gets you in the mood to keep playing the game.



Need an Upgrade, There’s an App For That..

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          I thought I would write a little bit about my switch from my old pocket PC to my touch. I did some research on the productivity and organization software I used and wanted before I decided to change last year. I see discussions now and then about people wanting to upgrade to a newer or replacement device that is not phone related, such as myself. I had written an article for a long term test that was featured in a UK magazine last year. Some of my notes are below as well as some current updates I have done since.



Review: Dracula Path Of The Dragon by Chillingo

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I’m still waiting for more developers to step up to the plate and bring original adventure game content to the iPhone and iPod Touch.  In the mean time, though, I’m content with ports (or in this case “heavily inspired” redesigns) of games from other platforms as long as the source material is good.  So far Tetraedge has done a commendable job with the release of two adventures based off of the works of Jules Verne, and the promise of an iPhone version of the Syberia series is quite exciting.  In the mean time they’ve chosen to fill the gap with Path Of The Dragon, the first part of a three episode saga that’s a retooling of the third installment of a PC series of games based on the legends of Dracula.  Got it?  Good.



AccuWeather App = Awesome

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With all the crazy weather in Southern California lately, I have been having to check the radar constantly.

Will there be a break in the week-long rain long enough to pop out to the grocery or for the teen-age slackers to walk the dog? The answer is at my finger tips. This an extremely well-designed app, it has every possibly weather tool there is.

Best of all...FREE!!! I would pay for this!! A must have for everyone!!!

Bottom Line: Download!!



Elasticr fantasticr!

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Well I'll keep this blog short because Dlux's Elasticr (.99) - my new favorite super hero - is something you really have to play to understand.  But here's the jist of it, Elasticr moves by being shot around the screen like snapping a rubber band.  But here's the thing, his hands are sticky so what ever you snap him at he's going to stick to.  That's an important thing.  Really...

How's that for short?



Watch the iPhone Load a Grain Truck!

 I can't find this app in the app store, but I assume it will be made available in some manner by the designer, Neil Mylet of LoadOut Technologies. Video shows how you can load a truck full of grain with your iPhone without leaving the warm and comfy cab! What next, for cryin out loud...!!??



One More Day to Win Spb Quads!

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 If you are a color-matching crazed kind of gamer, you still have one day to get a comment up here before our contest deadline runs out. See my original post and review here, and comment before Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 (11PM EST) for a chance to win a copy of Quads. Read on for contest details, and thanks to Spb for sponsoring...



Tax Answers — free app from H&R Block

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It's that time of year again — time to give the government its due. And Tax Answers, a free app from H&R Block just released this week, is here to help you. I'm astonished, actually, at what it offers. It's not simply an app with a ton of information and tips. Rather, it connects you to H&R Block tax experts who are available to answer your questions — also free. The app connects you to the Get It Right(SM) Community which is manned by 1,000 H&R Block tax professionals ready to share their expertise.



Under the Rubble in Haiti with Only an iPhone to Help Diagnose Injuries (video)

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My colleague Ben Stallings here at iPhone Life has just posted about how filmmaker Dan Woolley trapped under the earthquake rubble in Haiti for 65 hours used his iPhone to help in his survival.

He used the iPhone's internal alarm, and also Pocket First Aid and CPR (additional informationiTunes link).

Dan's inspirational story has been covered extensively online, on the radio and on television (NPR, MSNBC, Wired, Gizmodo, etc). 

Woolley, who is from Colorado Springs and was in Haiti to film a documentary about child advocacy group, spoke with WTVJ-TV in Miami about his ordeal: 

I had my iPhone with me and I had a medical app on there, so I was able to look up treatment of excessive bleeding and compound fracture," Woolley said. "So I used my shirt to tie my leg and a sock on the back of my head. And later used it for other things, like to diagnose shock: 




Haiti Earthquake survivor uses iPhone to survive

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MSNBC and the Today Show report on the story of American filmmaker Dan Woolley, who was trapped under rubble by the Haiti earthquake and survived for nearly three days with the help of his faith, his blood-stained journal, and his iPhone and (separate) camera.

He specifically credits the iPhone's alarm clock (for keeping him from falling asleep while in shock) and an app that has been identified as Pocket First Aid and CPR, by Jive Media LLC. 



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